Whether you’re back on campus or still carrying on the gibberish of online classes, there’s an indisputable fact about college students: You always want something to nibble on. And in the ‘normal’ world, you’d have a ton of options, from your college canteen to the street food cart outside your PG in Urapakkam. But in a world in the midst of a pandemic, with restrictions still in place, it is not so easy to go out to eat something. You cannot be sure of hygiene standards and ordering frequently can be very expensive. That’s why having some quick and easy snack recipes that you can make with a few basic ingredients and a microwave can make your life so much better. So, without further ado, let’s get cooking.
What is universally synonymous with the word sandwich? French fries, of course. What if we told you that you can produce this guilty pleasure yourself in minutes in the microwave, without additives or artificial ingredients? It sounds too good to be true. Except it’s true. Our Microwave Fries recipe is just as crunchy and delicious as the store bought version and requires very few ingredients to make. You will need two medium potatoes, thinly sliced, 2-3 tablespoons of oil, two teaspoons of salt, and a bowl of ice water. You can customize the seasoning of your fries to suit your taste. Add chili powder and smoked paprika for a barbecue flavor, or garlic powder and vinegar for a funkier flavor. First place the sliced potatoes in a bowl of ice water. This will remove the excess starch and help them become much more crisp in the microwave. Dry the potato slices well and place them in a microwaveable dish, greased with oil and sprinkled with salt and the seasoning of your choice. Then microwave on high for 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. You’ll know your fries are done when they get toasted. Your delicious fries are ready to be enjoyed in less than five minutes. If you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container, but trust us, they are so addictive that you probably won’t have any leftovers.
Make your own trail mix
Sometimes you want a bit of variety in your snacks. But store-bought trail mix packets can be very expensive, and they never have enough of your favorite ingredients. So why not take a sheet of your mother’s homemade chivda book and make your own? You will be able to control the seasoning and ingredients and make the perfect mix for your taste buds. We like a mix of regular cornflakes, puffed rice, roasted peanuts, and bhujia in our trail mix. Combine them with salt and a little red chili powder and you’re good to go. You can swap out the nuts for your favorites or even add other ingredients of your choice. Bean sticks, pretzels, and roasted seeds can make great additions to this trail mix recipe.
Oreo Cup Cake
If you have the slightest sweet tooth, there are times when only chocolate can cut it. Especially during exam season and as you shoot every night, you know that a little sugar is the only thing that can keep you going. But even though they are delicious, dessert recipes can be some of the most complicated and time-consuming to follow. Unless they’re this no-nonsense oreo cup cake recipe. (And yes, you could technically do this with any other chocolate chip cookie as well.) There are only three things you need for this recipe: six oreos, about three tablespoons of milk, and ¼ teaspoon of baking powder. Crush or blend the oreos until you get a crumb and mix them with the milk and the baking powder. Then microwave on high for about 90 seconds. And there is your delicious ordered oreo cup cake. Enjoy it on its own or with a dash of chocolate sauce or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is the easiest cup cake you will ever make and it is one that you will return to when the sweet cravings hit.
Unbaked granola bars
What’s better than a quick snack recipe? A quick batch snack recipe. Because it ensures that you will have something to eat for a whole week. And this no-bake granola bar is the perfect portable snack that’s packed with flavor and crunchy. And since it’s homemade, you can customize the ingredients to your liking (and your wallet). We’re giving you a recipe for a Nut Raisin Bar, but feel free to mix up the flavors and try different combinations. For this recipe, you will need 2 cups of oatmeal (rolled or quick cook), ¼ cup of butter, ¼ cup of honey, ¼ cup of brown sugar, ½ teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract, and ⅔ cup of nuts and raisins. In a microwave-safe bowl, add the butter, sugar, and honey and microwave for about 2 minutes, taking care that nothing burns. This will create a delicious caramel that will turn your granola into a delicious bar. In the caramel, add the vanilla and salt. Pour this over the oatmeal and stir until completely covered. Add your walnuts and raisins (other mixes we like include grated coconut, chocolate chips, and dried berries) and press the mixture firmly into a greased tray or bowl. Put this in the fridge for a few hours and then cut it into bars. This recipe should be enough for about 10-12 bars, so you will have enough for a week or more. Store them in an airtight container in a cool place and impress your friends with your better than store bought granola bars.
These snacks will definitely help you when hunger strikes. But getting your four full meals is just as important in maintaining your immunity after the pandemic. That is why living in professionally managed accommodation like Stanza Living Offering delicious and healthy meals prepared by the chef makes a huge difference. Their contactless food services ensure that you can get your nutrients without worrying about hygiene. And of course they have a range of commonly used appliances that are routinely sanitized, including a microwave and a hot plate so you can whip up these recipes whenever you want.
These quick and easy snack recipes are sure to become permanent items in your kitchen arsenal. So go ahead and give them a try.